2017 ORS 326.726¹
Dyslexia specialist
  • training requirements
  • screening requirements
  • rules

(1) The Department of Education shall designate a dyslexia specialist for the department to provide school districts with support and resources that are necessary to:

(a) Assist students with dyslexia and their families; and

(b) Comply with the requirements of this section.

(2) Each school district shall ensure that at least one kindergarten through grade five teacher in each kindergarten through grade five school has received training related to dyslexia. The training must comply with the requirements described in subsection (3) of this section.

(3) For the purpose of subsection (2) of this section, a training opportunity related to dyslexia must:

(a) Comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia;

(b) Enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia; and

(c) Enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic, explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

(4) The department shall annually develop a list of training opportunities related to dyslexia that satisfy the requirements described in subsection (3) of this section. The list must:

(a) Be developed in collaboration with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to ensure that the training opportunities also satisfy professional development requirements; and

(b) Include at least one opportunity that is provided entirely online.

(5) Each school district shall ensure that every student is screened for risk factors of dyslexia using a screening test identified by the department when the student is in:

(a) Kindergarten, if the student first enrolls at a public school in this state for kindergarten; or

(b) First grade, if the student first enrolls in a public school in this state for first grade.

(6) For the purpose of subsection (5) of this section, the department shall:

(a) Identify screening tests that are cost effective. The tests administered to students in kindergarten must take into account the following factors:

(A) Phonological awareness;

(B) Rapid naming skills;

(C) The correspondence between sounds and letters; and

(D) Family history of difficulty in learning to read, if the student shows risk factors for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

(b) Provide guidance for notifications to be sent by school districts to parents of students who are identified as having risk factors for reading difficulties, including dyslexia.

(7) The department shall develop guidance regarding best practices for assisting students who are identified through screening or through parental input as showing risk factors or being at risk for reading difficulties, including dyslexia. The department shall make the guidance available to school districts.

(8)(a) A school district that does not comply with the requirements of subsection (2) of this section and that does not secure a waiver from the department within the time required by the State Board of Education by rule is considered nonstandard under ORS 327.103 (Standard school presumed).

(b) The board shall adopt by rule the criteria for a waiver from the requirements of subsection (2) of this section to address instances when noncompliance is outside the control of the school district. [2015 c.790 §1; 2015 c.790 §4; 2017 c.473 §1]

Note: The amendments to 326.726 (Dyslexia specialist) by section 4, chapter 790, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 1, chapter 473, Oregon Laws 2017, become operative July 1, 2018. See section 5, chapter 790, Oregon Laws 2015, as amended by section 2, chapter 473, Oregon Laws 2017. The text that is operative until July 1, 2018, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

326.726 (Dyslexia specialist). (1) The Department of Education shall designate a dyslexia specialist for the department to provide school districts with support and resources that are necessary to assist students with dyslexia and their families.

(2) The department shall annually develop a list of training opportunities related to dyslexia that satisfy the requirements described in subsection (3) of this section. The list must:

(a) Be developed in collaboration with the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to ensure that the training opportunities also satisfy professional development requirements; and

(b) Include at least one opportunity that is provided entirely online.

(3) For the purpose of this section, a training opportunity related to dyslexia must:

(a) Comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia;

(b) Enable the teacher to understand and recognize dyslexia; and

(c) Enable the teacher to implement instruction that is systematic, explicit and evidence-based to meet the educational needs of students with dyslexia.

Note: Section 3, chapter 473, Oregon Laws 2017, provides:

Sec. 3. The amendments to ORS 326.726 (Dyslexia specialist) by section 1 of this 2017 Act first apply to the 2018-2019 school year. [2017 c.473 §3]

Note: Section 4, chapter 473, Oregon Laws 2017, provides:

Sec. 4. No later than September 15, 2018, the Department of Education shall submit a report, including recommendations for legislation, to the interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to education about best practices for screening students for risk factors of dyslexia and instructional support for students who show risk for or who are identified as having dyslexia. [2017 c.473 §4]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 326—State Administration of Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors326.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.